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Exclusive To Kalon Comparative Seminar with MS Mark de Vere
Exclusive To Kalon Comparative Seminar with MS Mark de Vere

Ticket Price: $95.00

Product Code: EVENT-1021TOKALON


Exclusive To Kalon Comparative Seminar
with Master of Wine Mark de Vere
Sign up now for this exclusive opportunity to taste multiple vintages of the storied To Kalon vineyard from two esteemed producers, Robert Mondavi and Schrader. This kind of incredible comparison does not come along often!

Between Highway 29 and the western hills of Oakville, in the heart of Napa Valley, there is a vineyard called To-Kalon, “the place of highest beauty.” This historic vineyard dates back over 100 years, and was named "Vineyard of the Year" by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. It has been the source of incredible wines as well as law suits over the years. Our two contenders for this tasting, Robert Mondavi and Schrader, in fact engaged in a pitched battle over the use of the name To Kalon in the early 2000s, settling out of court and offering us twice as many wines to enjoy as a result!

  • Founded in 1966, the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery celebrated its 50th anniversary a few years ago. The owner of the majority (450 acres) of what is arguably this country’s most fabled vineyard, Mondavi produces its finest bottles from its acreage in To Kalon.
  • The Schrader project with Thomas Rivers Brown as their winemaker started as a look at one of Napa Valley’s historic and first-growth vineyard sites – the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. Beckstoffer replanted his piece of the vineyard with clonal variations of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1994 (with a few rows of Cabernet Franc for good measure). According to Robert Parker, "these are just hands-down fabulous Cabernet Sauvignons and have been since the project debuted more than ten years ago."

About Mark de Vere:

A native of Oxford, England, Mark began his early interest in wine while studying history at Oxford University. After graduating from Oxford with a growing interest in wine, Mark worked as an account manager for Oddbins, a dynamic UK retail and wholesale wine company specializing in an international selection of wines. During his three years with Oddbins, Mark gained considerable experience in all aspects of the wine trade and studied for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, successfully completing his certificate, higher certificate and diploma examinations. In 1994 Mark became a candidate for the Institute of Masters of Wine, recognized as the most prestigious international wine education organization in the world. In 1997, Mark successfully completed the four-day examination. He is one of only 44 Masters of Wine residing in the U.S. Mark lives in the Napa Valley, and since 1997 has continued his adventures in wine with Robert Mondavi and the Constellation Academy of Wine, learning, training and educating.

The tasting will consist of two flights of four wines each, and offers an incredible comparison from some of this vineyard's best vintages. Here are the wines being tasted:

Robert Mondavi To Kalon Reserve Cabernet 1980
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Reserve Cabernet 1996
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Reserve Cabernet 2014
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Reserve Cabernet 2015


Sunday, October 21st, 2018

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Elk's Club

4249 El Camino

Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 493-4249


$95 per person

Includes a $95 credit towards the purchase of any wine from the tasting seminar.

*Ticket price is fully refundable if cancelled 72-hours prior to the event.

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